Orediggers unveil volleyball recruiting class

Montana Tech volleyball coach Brian Solomon announced the commitments of three prep volleyball players today. All join Montana Tech this summer.

“This was a great class adding talent, depth and versatility,” said Solomon. “Our team returns a lot of experience, but we really saw the need to add some who could compete on the left side next year and be versatile enough to play on the right side, back row or libero. This should be a very fun and competitive class of freshmen.”

Sabrina Hopcroft, a 5-8 defensive specialist, hails from Florence High School in Florence. The two-year varsity captain was selected first team All-Conference and All-State three straight seasons. Also a member of the Montana Volleyball Academy for the past five years, she was part of the team that qualified for the 2015 Junior Olympics.

Hopcroft is another strong addition from the Montana Volleyball Academy. Current Orediggers Makenzie Bauck, Jordan Danz, Hailey Druyvestein and Hannah Liss played at the same club.

The daughter of Battina and Patrick, Sabrina plans on pursuing a degree in Engineering.

The second signee for the Orediggers is 5-10 outside hitter Heather Thompson. From Lake Tapps, Washington, Thompson played for Sumner Senior High School and Lake Tapps Volleyball Club. The team captain was selected All-League three times and was a Washington 3A/4A All-State honoree. As a senior, she was second in the South Puget Sound League in kills with 209. She was named the Tacoma Athletic Commission Athlete of the Year.

In the classroom, Thompson is a four-year honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society. She is in the top of her class and brings a 3.88 GPA to Montana Tech.

Heather, the daughter of Keri and Steve, plans on pursuing a degree in Business or Accounting.

The final commitment for Tech is 5-9 outside hitter Gena McMillan from Huntington Beach, California. While attending Corona High School, she was selected All-League twice. She also played for one of the top nationally competitive volleyball clubs, Forza1 Club.

The daughter of Sunshine Brown and Andrew Quinlan, Gena plans on pursuing a degree in Applied Health.

The group joins Nicole Peacock as new additions to Montana Tech. Peacock transferred from Salt Lake Community College at the beginning of the spring semester.

— Montana Tech



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